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Holiday Lights Parade Float Registration

Deadline: Dec 01, 2021 5:00 pm (GMT-05:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Date: Dec 04, 2021 6:30 pm - Dec 04, 2021 9:00 pm (CDT)

About the event

The Annual kick-off to the Holidays is the Holiday Lights Parade presented by the Downtown Community Partnership and sponsored by Xcel Energy. This parade attracts thousands of spectators throughout the Fargo-Moorhead community and includes hundreds of participants that decorate their entries with lights. This magical evening will feature spectacular parade floats, marching units, equestrian entries, & so much more!
Downtown Community Partnership
Downtown Community Partnership
Downtown Community Partnership
Downtown Community Partnership

About the application

To ensure we can properly plan space and volunteers for the parade lineup we request every float/group registers for the parade.

Your registration fee helps us pay for parade costs and makes sure we can continue providing this parade for many years to come. As a small non-profit we would not be able to put on this important community event without your participation and financial support!

Thank you for supporting the parade with your registration! 

Terms & Conditions

Policy Agreement

  • The 2021 Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM
  • Parade Line-up begins at 5 PM unless otherwise instructed
  • Enter the parade route at 11th Street and Center Ave. 
  • NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ALLOWED! A completed parade entry along with applicable fees must be received by 5 PM on Friday, November 26, 2021 EXTENDED TO DECEMBER 1st


  • Absolutely NO pyrotechnics, fire or firing of firearms is allowed.
  • Entries that use live animals are responsible for cleaning up after the animals immediately.
  • Generators, converters and batteries can be used to power lights and sound equipment on the parade unit. 
    • Make sure the power unit is big enough to provide power safely.


Float Requirements:

  • Float entries may not exceed 13 feet in height (to ensure clearance for the skyways), 12 feet in width and 55 feet in length NOT including tow units. 
  • The framework must be at least 12 inches from the ground when the float is decorated and loaded.
    • (This will allow necessary ground clearance during the lineup and parade).
  • Sufficient wheel and wagon tongue clearance must be incorporated so that no interference may occur with the chassis.
  • All entries must be self-propelled, motor-pulled or horse drawn. This is a Forward Motion Parade. All units and entries must keep moving forward.
  • The tow vehicle is strongly encouraged to be decorated as well. We strongly encourage that the trailers are skirted.
  • All entries are not permitted to cause any gap between floats/entries during the parade.



  • All children under the age of 13 participating in the parade must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • In the interest of safety, throwing candy and prizes from float/vehicle is PROHIBITED.
  • Each unit may have people walking beside the float HANDING out candy and prizes to the crowd.
  • All entries must have an easily accessible fire extinguisher on the float or in the tow vehicle.
  • A kit containing appropriate tools for minor repairs is recommended.
  • Floats using gas-powered generators need to have the fumes ventilated safely. All fuels must be in appropriate containers. (Allow a hot generator to cool for 15 minutes before refilling) The sound from a gas-powered generator should be muffled as much as possible.
  • Disposal of all floats’ material is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization and/or individuals.
  • Please respect private property.




Business/Personal/Club Float $150 This fee applies to all applicants that are NOT a Non-profit, emergency Service vehicle, or Veterans Group. Examples include: -Personal Float or Walking Group -Business Float or Walking Group -Club Float or Walking Group
Non-Profit Float $100 This fee is applicable to registered Non-Profits
Veterans Group $0 Veteran Groups and Color Guards can register for the parade at no cost.
Emergency Vehicles $0 Emergency vehicles such as fire trucks, ambulances, and EMTs can register at no cost.

Questions on the application

User information

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email

Business information

  • Business name
  • Legal business name
  • Contact name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Website (Optional)
  • Logo (Optional)

Additional information

  • Unit Type
  • Unit Description
  • Overall Length
  • Overall Height
  • Overall Width:
  • Entry and Release Form:
Holiday Lights Parade Float Registration
Holiday Lights Parade Float Registration
Xcel Energy Holiday Lights Parade
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